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Old 01-10-2008, 12:52 PM   #1
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Setting a deck beam directly on footings

Lots of good information on this site. I have been sweating all the details on attaching a deck ledger to a lower portion of the house when a light bulb came on. Don't connect it at all. Free standing makes a lot of sense, you don't compromise the house at all.

The deck is low enough (2-4' from deck surface to grade) where I can raise the 12" round footings right up to the beam (4x8). When placing the anchors in the concrete, it doesn't seem like you have a lot of wiggle room. A post you can cut to exact height and if the beam is slightly bowed a post can be adjusted laterally. However I thought there might be a problem with short posts splitting.

I would probably line up all the metal anchors along a taught line but the beam more than likely wouldn't drop in. I could connect the anchors to the beam first and set them in concrete in one finished assembly. That would require a lot of guys handling the concrete real fast.

How would you approach this? Deck dimensions are 8x16'


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Old 01-10-2008, 01:57 PM   #2
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I've never tried it but if you place the beam in position with some temp braces before the pour you'ld have all the time you want for the pour. Put together a small plywood chute to help direct the crete into the smaller opening. Make sure you vibrate or rod around the metal anchor.


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